September 7th, 2022

American Music and Dramatic Academy: Dare to be Bad

“Dare to be Bad”, by AMDA (American Music and Dramatic Academy, ranked as the #1 university in performing arts) was an acting workshop where we explored ways to free the minds and bodies of young artists to perform as their best version.

About the tutor:

Scott Robertson most recently appeared on Broadway, creating the role of “Eric” in Joe DiPietro’s Living On Love, starring Renee Fleming, directed by Kathleen Marshall. Other Broadway roles include Cabaret (Herr Schultz) at Studio 54 and Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis. Next project: Man of La Mancha with Treat Williams. Films he has starred in include In and Out, Tenderness with Russell Crowe and Heartbreak Hospital. The television projects in which he participated include: «Mildred Pierce» with Kate Winslet, «Third Watch», «Law and Order». As a writer, Robertson, along with Alan Menken and David Zippel, wrote material for Stuart Ross’s Not So New Faces and composed the music for Mother, the Musical. He is currently at the AMDA School of Acting in New York.

About the talk:

In this workshop, we explored ways to help young artists free their minds and bodies to do their best work as actors/performers. “Dare To Be Bad” comes from the teachings of Michael Chekhov. Having studied for years at Chekhov Studios, Scott Robertson will talk about some of the techniques he learned along the way. We “Dare to be bad”… so we can be good! We worked on Imagination, Creativity and Concentration, Energy, Staccato/Legato, First Time, Every Time!

Scott also shared his expertise on self-recording for auditions, cold reading, auditioning techniques, choosing and preparing monologues, show business, social media presence, the importance of READING plays/scripts, and critical thinking. It was a talk + workshop. Students were able to bring in a monologue for Scott to coach and demonstrate audition techniques.

About the school:

AMDA is the only BFA-granting performing arts college with campuses located in the heart of Hollywood and Manhattan, the two creative capitals of the world. Each location offers unparalleled arts and cultural resources: film and television studios, theaters, museums, galleries, libraries, and performing arts centers. AMDA’s concept and vision were created by dynamic artists and educators at the forefront of their fields in world-renowned Broadway, Shakespeare, Hollywood film, dance, playwriting and academia.

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